Updated College Basketball Title Predictions (November 14)

Posted by Peter Boysen on November 14, 2016 in

The 2016-17 college basketball season has just gotten underway, which means that it’s time to take a look at some updated predictions for the team that will emerge from March Madness next spring with the title. Villanova pulled off one of the best finishes of all time last year, nailing a three with time expiring to seal the win. Take a look at our perspective on some of this year’s favorites. Also check out some of our online betting picks for the coming week.

Updated College Basketball Title Predictions (November 14)

 

Duke (7/2)

The Blue Devils posted more than 95 points in each of their season-opening wins against Marist and Grand Canyon University, winning by a total of 80 points. They have three talented freshmen out with injuries right now, but the top-ranked Duke squad appears to be firing on all cylinders. They get a big test on Tuesday night, though, as third-ranked Kansas comes to town for a big non-conference matchup, and Michigan State looms two weeks away. For now, though, there’s no reason to question the front-runner status of this loaded roster led by the venerable Coach K.

Kentucky (8/1)

The “one-and-done” factory in college basketball is loaded again, as the Wildcats dusted off cupcakes Stephen F. Austin and Canisius to start the season. They face #12 Michigan State on Tuesday night, so the talented backcourt of Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox, who each scored 21 points in the Wildcats’ win over Canisius (along with Malik Monk’s 16 points). Briscoe started the game 5 for 6, carrying the team when the rest of the Wildcats were shooting an ice-cold 3 for 17. Having this much talent and depth keeps the team from having to worry about extended scoring droughts.

Kansas (8/1)

The Jayhawks opened the season with a tough loss at #11 Indiana, falling 103-99. They opted to start their season with some tough tests, as they follow up that Indiana game by hosting top-ranked Duke. When they lost to Indiana, it was just their second loss in 115 games when they hit 90 or more points since 2001, and their 99 points was the most ever by a Kansas team in a loss while the team was ranked. The overtime game showed that Indiana should move up the rankings quickly — but it also is still November. So even if Kansas starts 0-2, don’t let that shake your faith in them to solidify things and play as a real contender.

Villanova (10/1)

The defending champs opened up their regular season with a 40-point home laugher over Lafayette. Jake Brunson scored 17 points and Kris Jenkins added 16. This team doesn’t have the same influx of talent as some of the team with lower odds on this list, but don’t count them out in clutch time. Villanova might be in the Atlantic 10, which means less national exposure, but don’t let them sneak up on you like they snuck up on the nation last year.